JFJO Offer New Album For Free Mathis' Last Appearance w/ Band

JFJO Offer New Album Winterwood As Free Download
Last Appearance of Reed Mathis with the Band

JFJO
Following a year that found the band winning a Guinness Cork Award and playing at Newport Jazz Festival & Lincoln Center, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey has announced a special gift for their fans to kick off 2009 and celebrate the Fred's 15th anniversary.

As a thank you to all of the music lovers who have helped make the Odyssey possible, JFJO is offering up a FREE DOWNLOAD of their new studio album entitled Winterwood. The album marks Reed Mathis' last appearance with the band. Visit JFJO.COM to download the album now.

Entering the 15th year of JFJO's legendary existence, the new lineup of Haas/Raymer/Combs/Hayes travels west in February for a tour stretching through California, Oregon and Washington before finishing in Colorado, beginning what promises to be another year full of world touring and musical evolution.

DOWNLOAD WINTERWOOD FOR FREE

JFJO Tour Dates
01/29/09 Thu George's Majestic Fayetteville, AR
01/30/09 Fri Jardine's Kansas City, MO
01/31/09 Sat Mojo's Columbia, MO
02/10/09 Tue Winston's San Diego, CA
02/11/09 Wed Largo Los Angeles, CA
02/12/09 Thu Yoshi's Oakland Oakland, CA
02/13/09 Fri Hopmonk Tavern Sebastopol, CA
02/14/09 Sat New World Ballet Company Arcata, CA
02/18/09 Wed The Indigo District Eugene, OR
02/20/09 Fri Eastside Tavern Olympia, WA
02/21/09 Sat GoodFoot Lounge Portland, OR
02/22/09 Sun Tractor Tavern Seattle, WA
02/25/09 Wed Hodi's Half Note Fort Collins, CO
02/27/09 Fri The b.side Lounge Boulder, CO
02/28/09 Sat Owsley's Golden Road Denver, CO
02/28/09 Sat Cervantes' Masterpiece Denver, CO
03/28/09 Sat The Parish Austin, TX

For details and opening acts, go here.

http://www.jfjo.com

[Published on: 1/29/09]

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Comments

NickBoeka Thu 1/29/2009 10:10AM
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NickBoeka

I love free stuff! Sad to hear again about Mathis, but JFJO moves into a new territory as the four-piece, and looking forward to hearing it...

gmoo Thu 1/29/2009 10:19AM
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gmoo

Very cool. Thanks for the music :)

RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/29/2009 10:26AM
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RothburyWithCheese

Jfjo rocks. Jfjo > tlg

joegrimes starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/29/2009 10:28AM
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joegrimes

I'm liking it...

Conjugal Burning starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/29/2009 10:37AM
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Conjugal Burning

RIGHTEOUS!

phalluscooper starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/29/2009 10:46AM
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phalluscooper

Ahhh, the power of reciprocity...Radiohead and JFJO can't be wrong.

Thank you for the download JFJO!

Other bands...take note!

FreeHawk starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/29/2009 10:56AM
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FreeHawk

Free stuff is good. Free stuff from a kick ass band....... priceless ;)

tourfan starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/29/2009 11:24AM
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Thank you. Got my copy. Dig it. Again, bummed about Reed leaving this act - he was a founding member. But will be intrigued to hear their sound with out him. More of a fan of him with this band than with TLG. Just my .02.

AlephFredHead starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/29/2009 11:46AM
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YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!BANJO!

jacob8fred starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/29/2009 11:59AM
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Holy crap, Winterwood is awesome...especially the studio track of The Slip/Medicine Music. I have been seeing Fred since 1998, back when the band was too big for the stage. I am deeply saddened at the loss of Reed at bass, that was a particular highlight to me. But then again, I thought I wouldn't be able to see this band without Jah Smart. I promise you, Mr. Brian Haas, that I will continue to see Jacob Fred every chance I get!! And who knows, I might have to check out TLG just to say hi to Reed and ask him WHY?!?!?!?!

helpslipfire starstarstar Thu 1/29/2009 12:29PM
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helpslipfire

sounds cool.

Conjugal Burning starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/29/2009 01:01PM
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Conjugal Burning

i wonder how "Winterwood" rates against TLG's free album.. oh wait...

shoffer Thu 1/29/2009 01:36PM
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This is great...I am now a big fan

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/29/2009 01:41PM
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pornofunk

no job, no money, free JFJO = its a good day : )

Cburger07 Thu 1/29/2009 04:59PM
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free albums are always a nice thing...i havent really listened to this band yet but they seem amazing, ill definately be catching them at Waka this year to get my taste...but TLG i know is rocking, i saw them at Roo 07 and Waka 08 where they jammed out greatly both times.

Hotchkiss starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/29/2009 06:29PM
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Hotchkiss

it's so rad to see tracks that have been staples in at live fred shows for years finally get recorded!

Lakai starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/29/2009 09:24PM
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Lakai

this is great, I guess Mathis just got sick of making good music and wanted to try his hand at the generic jamband genre

crazyleggedelbow Fri 1/30/2009 06:21AM
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I'll get the album, later today... I can't help but think Reed was just tired of playing 100-person bars with JFJO and wanted to get a real paycheck...

He needs to go back on tour with Steve Kimock. Thats what I'm screaming.

Hotchkiss starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/30/2009 07:32AM
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Hotchkiss

i can't help to think your an idiot!!

Sorry

crazyleggedelbow Fri 1/30/2009 08:19AM
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yea i'm an idiot because I'm upset that MATHIS LEFT JFJO FOR TLG..... WHICH MEANS MORE MONEY FOR HIM...

sorry dude, but TLG sucks compared to JFJO and for some stupid reason Trey took TLG on tour with him in 2005 and now people think they're good...

So now my favorite bassist leaves one of my favorite bands to join a mediocre jamband.... fuck that.

TLG has WAY MORE high profile gigs than JFJO has ever had... and why? cuz jambands draw more people than jazz bands.

so why would he leave a band that requires talent and focus to join a stupid jamband that just noodles around like turds? (ok I'm trying to piss people off with these comments)

answer = more money than before...

FUCK TEA LEAF GREEN

ClaysTribe starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/30/2009 08:41AM
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ClaysTribe

^

yes

rulosa01 Fri 1/30/2009 08:43AM
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nice

Hotchkiss starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/30/2009 10:17AM
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Hotchkiss

settle down!

i feel for you, i really do. I know Reed, i know money didn't play a mojor roll in his decision to join T.L.G.

after hearing winterwood and some of the recent shows, i'm convinced that Reed departing was the best thing for both parties.

(I don't really think your an idiot, that was wrong of me to post that)

crazyleggedelbow star Fri 1/30/2009 11:27AM
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if you know reed. tell him that I want to start a side project with him and Jah Smart(who lives in my hometown)

Hotchkiss star Fri 1/30/2009 01:40PM
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Hotchkiss

jah is a little busy with fareed. i want reed to play as much as he can with t.l.g.. They should go on a huge world tour that lasts three years.

Maybe by then he'll be sick of playing boring jam rock and start to get innovative again.

yemmw Fri 1/30/2009 09:12PM
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yemmw

WHHHAAAAAT THE FUUUCK?!!!! is reed no longer in the fred?! he pretty much defines this band alongside brian. without him i dont know what the hell to think. im downloading the album now and im sure the music is plenty good, but goddammit mathis cant ya just stick around with the band you deserve. tlg is plain fools.

yemmw Fri 1/30/2009 09:13PM
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yemmw

honestly this is kinda heartbreaking

yemmw Fri 1/30/2009 09:18PM
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yemmw

tae was the godblessed swan song of this once-great trio.

Hotchkiss star Fri 1/30/2009 10:53PM
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Hotchkiss

anyone who knows jacob fred jazz odyssey, knows that no one person has ever defined the band.

JacobFred Sat 1/31/2009 09:43AM
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JacobFred

Lil Tae the album their swan song?

I think you need to go listen to Winterwood perhaps.

From the text above:

As a thank you to all of the music lovers who have helped make the Odyssey possible, JFJO is offering up a FREE DOWNLOAD of their new studio album entitled Winterwood. **The album marks Reed Mathis' last appearance with the band.** Visit JFJO.COM to download the album now.

AlephFredHead Sat 1/31/2009 12:04PM
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THE QUARTET IS FUCKING TIGHT!

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/31/2009 07:58PM
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pornofunk

man i been listening to this album alot the last few days and its very good, the whole thing is very soldi including the cover of crazyfingers, very mello and very nice

yemmw Sun 2/1/2009 06:17PM
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yemmw

the new album is okay. most of it sounds like second rate mmw. nothing as beautifully out there as lil tae.

rainydaywomen420 starstarstarstarstar Sun 2/1/2009 08:23PM
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rainydaywomen420

i miss the abscence of reed but as long as haas is in the picture there will always be fred, free is without a doubt my favorite word

pjustus starstarstarstarstar Mon 2/2/2009 12:32AM
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Wow, Winterwood sounds nothing like MMW. I suppose the Armstrong and Ellington tracks might be vaguely in the same vein, but nothing else on the album is. I don't really get that.

I love that "The Slip" ("Medicine Music?") and "Vernal Equinox" are on the album, but they're the new arrangements. I wish they had done an electrified, live-in-the-studio album in 2001 (with Richard Haas) and 2003, to capture those moments in time. I love All is One, but to me it was a little tentative, capturing the band right between great periods. Anyhow, I'm still glad those two songs are there, and they sound amazing.

Let me just say I'm THRILLED that Reed's octavized (is that a word?) bass is all over the album.

pjustus Mon 2/2/2009 12:58AM
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For what it's worth, I begrudgingly admit that JFJO needed to do something new. It's almost like Brian and Reed did all they could do together, at least for now, and everything after the first half of 2005 was like them winding down (that Columbus house party show from '07 on the LMA is sicknasty in parts, though - Reed did more with his 6-string guitar on that performance than all the others combined, IMO!). I tried to deny it to myself, but if you listen to all the documented shows, there's a difference. Like everything was more routine, maybe? I don't know. Don't hate me if you're reading this, Fred.

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Mon 2/2/2009 05:25PM
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pornofunk

second rate mmw......are you serious, i love mmw but this is not near as frantic and very steady and well composed, i hope your just trying to start shit b/c that wasnt even close to accurate...

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Mon 2/2/2009 05:25PM
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pornofunk

not trying to start shit, maybe its not your bag and thast cool but i wouldnt have gone that far...

DrEricFautstein Thu 2/5/2009 07:53AM
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DrEricFautstein

has anyone seem them live without mathis yet? yay? nay?

AlephFredHead starstarstarstarstar Fri 2/6/2009 07:32AM
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yeah, ive seen them without mathis 3 times. All 3 incredible. Its definetly about the group with JFJO, not individuals, definetly check it out, very well worth it.